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NEW YORK — Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences has received a $400,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The 4-to-1 matching grant will result in $2 million in endowment for the Dyson College Humanities Education Initiative to support faculty and curriculum development, and to enrich the College’s service-learning program.
“The University community is proud to be the recipient of the only 1996 NEH Challenge Grant in New York State and is excited by the potential the Humanities Education Initiative represents in advancing liberal arts education at Pace,” said University President Dr. Patricia Ewers. Pace must raise $1.6 million in matching funds to receive the full $400,000 award from the NEH.
Funding will help implement changes to the University’s new core curriculum, and in the development of innovative capstone courses for humanities major programs. Other initiatives include team-teaching and interdisciplinary approaches to enhance faculty-student interaction. The funds also will support new personnel to assist faculty in developing new service-learning curricula for the humanities.
Nationwide, 26 NEH Challenge Grants were awarded in 1996, of which 10 went to institutions of higher education. The NEH Challenge Grant program is one of only two federal programs that awards endowment funds. Since its inception in 1977, the program has distributed $340 million in federal funds, which in turn has generated more than $1.15 billion in support for the nation’s libraries, colleges, museums and other humanities institutions.
This is Pace University’s second NEH Challenge Grant. The first was awarded in 1983 and resulted in nearly $1.3 million in endowment funds for the humanities. These funds continue to support a distinguished chair in philosophy, the Straus Thinking and Learning Center, and humanities faculty and curriculum development activities.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.